Discover a Deeper Way of Living

Vallecitos Mountain Retreat Center offers a retreat for almost everyone. Our schedule carries a generous offering of Insight Meditation Retreats as well as secular retreats that cater to specific populations.  On our 2017 schedule you will find retreats for educators, people of color, women, and substance abuse professionals, to name a few.  We are here to help you find a retreat that is right for you.

“I am so much more aware of the path I want to be on and the power of the sacred in my life.”
– Cristina Mormorunni


The Natural Path to the Heart’s Liberation: A Silent Vipassana Retreat in the Forest

With Brian LeSage and Erin Treat

August 19 - 25, 2017
Join us to practice the timeless teachings of the Buddha as a pathway to discover inner peace, freedom, and the compassionate heart.  This retreat is designed to offer and support a practical introduction to insight meditation, known as Vipassana in the Buddhist tradition.  Insight meditation embodies the essence and wisdom of the teachings of the Buddha and […]
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Sacred Sound, Insight And Silence: Meditation And Music In The Deep Woods

With Jennifer Berezan and Erin Treat

August 28 - September 1, 2017
The retreat will combine two ancient spiritual practices--meditation and music--as a path to opening one’s heart and uncovering one’s true nature. There will be a progressive training, with guided instruction, in the fundamentals of mindfulness meditation, including periods of sitting and walking meditation in silence. Woven throughout the meditation practice, participants will engage in a […]
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Natural Wisdom and Compassion

With Alexis Santos and Steve Armstrong

September 1 - 8, 2017
During this weeklong retreat, we will explore and cultivate the practice of awareness that leads to liberation and well-being. There will be an emphasis on understanding “how to practice”  as taught by Sayadaw U Tejaniya. When the mind is supported by skillful knowledge and is unclouded by confusion, greed or negativity, reality is accurately recognized. […]
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Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) 5-day Training Retreat

With Kristy Arbon and Megan Leuchars

September 9 - 14, 2017
Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) is an empirically-supported program designed to cultivate the skill of self-compassion. Based on pioneering research by Kristin Neff, PhD, and integrated with the clinical perspective of Chris Germer, PhD, MSC teaches core principles and practices that enable participants to respond to difficult emotions with kindness and understanding. Self-compassion is the emotional attitude […]
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Awakening the Heart in Nature

With Peter Williams and Victoria Wolf Capron

September 29 - October 4, 2017
This retreat will help participants connect with their heart through meditation and immersion in nature. Contact with nature offers a place of healing for difficult states such as sadness and fear, while activating our joy, inspiration, and delight. Meditation allows us to feel all our emotions, bringing kindness to whatever arises, while letting go of […]
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Applied Mindfulness: Learning how to bring the benefits of mindfulness into everyday life and the work place.

With Grove Burnett and Ann Friedman, PhD (Assistant)

October 5 - 8, 2017
How often have you wondered what mindfulness and meditation are all about?  How exactly does it work?  Does it do any good? Do regular people do it? Isn’t it just running away from reality, escaping the world? In the last decade mindfulness has exploded onto the American landscape and the science of meditation has skyrocketed.    […]
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UNM Sponsored Retreat for Student Veterans

October 11 - 15, 2017
With Peggy Spencer, MD and Dana Moore, M.A.R., MA The UNM Student Veterans Retreat assists military veterans in the transition from military life to student life using these three interwoven components: Mindfulness training. Mindfulness has been defined as “present moment awareness without judgement.” Using simple breath and body awareness, you will learn to quiet your mind and focus your attention. Mindfulness practice has been shown to improve health, mitigate pain and manage stress. We use meditation, movement and creative arts to teach and practice this vital skill. Camaraderie. Veterans have unique experiences not shared by the traditional college student, and going…